Skeeter syndrome symptoms, or symptoms of a mosquito bite allergy, can develop days after the initial bite. In these cases a normal mosquito bite developing into a large welt days after the initial bite. The swelling is similar to what you would expect from a bee sting, and envelopes a large area around the initial contact.
This isn’t always the case though, and many skeeter syndrome sufferers experience an immediate reaction to the bite.
In many cases individuals who had no prior allergic reaction to mosquitoes develop Skeeter Syndrome symptoms for no obvious reason. This is common in children, seniors and individuals who are allergic to other insects (such as a bee allergy) or suffer from multiple allergies.
Common Symptoms of Skeeter Syndrome
Unusual Swelling and itchiness.
Although some redness and swelling are normal with a regular mosquito bite, the swelling seen with skeeter Syndrome is more severe and the swelling is similar to what you would expect from a bee sting.
- The Bite area feels hot and firm to the touch. The reaction and swelling tend to make the affected area feel feverish and hard to the touch. There is not definite border to the swollen area and it can expand with time.
- Red lump appears in the area of the bite.
This symptom can present days after the initial bite. The lumps are solid and the swelling is extreme.
- Swelling and large bumps appear on different areas of the body other than the bite area.
At times the welts may spread to areas that had no initial bite.
- Bruises and blisters sometimes appear at the site of the original mosquito bite. These blisters might ooze or itch. Infected blisters can develop into cellulitis(bacterial skin infections) and be life threatening. Keeping the area clean and sterile is very important.
Severe Skeeter Syndrome Symptoms
Although rare, some people might develop life threatening Skeeter Syndrome symptoms when bitten by a mosquito.
Call a doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms.
- Angioedema – extreme swelling of the sub-dermal tissue.
- Anaphylaxis – A serious allergic reaction with rapid onset and may cause death. It usually causes a number of symptoms including an itchy rash, throat swelling, and low blood pressure.
- Asthma – Shortness of breath, difficulty getting enough air.
Secondary Symptoms – Infections and Scarring
Infections are common due to excessive scratching especially in children. The most common forms of infection are impetigo and cellulitis. It is important to keep the affected area dry and clean. Trimming children’s nails or bandaging the area is one way to help avoid infections due to itching the area too much.
Topical anti-itch treatments can help relieve discomfort and help you avoid secondary infections.
Scarring can sometimes occur with severe reactions, or where excessive blistering, rawness or infection sets in. It is important to get proper treatment if a bite isn’t reacting to normal methods of treatment or begins to ooze or smell.